Well, looky here. The CMA Awards derned
got turnt around this past November when the corporate Bro-Country boys
and girls got to sit in their chairs and watch a true Honky Tonk hero,
Chris Stapleton, win three top honors.
If you thought “Nashville” and “Stoner Rock” were
the most incongruous words to show up in the same sentence, replace
the latter with “Dream Pop” and prepare to have your mind blown by the
two-man-with-help Psychedelic Indie Rock orchestra known as Keeps.
Scott H. Biram is an acclaimed
singer/songwriter who performs unaccompanied. But those going to his
show expecting to see a laidback, unplugged troubadour are in for a rude
(and often rowdy) awakening.
It’s not much of a stretch to claim that
the current crop of sea-shanty Celtic/Folk Rock floor-stompers couldn’t
have risen to the heights they’ve achieved without those boards first
being softened by Great Big Sea.
It’s been 40 years since Steve Forbert lost his job as a truck driver in his hometown of Meridian, Miss., and blew into New York City with an ass-pocket full of Folk/Rock songs and a dream to make a living from them.
The latest Those Darlins tour should have been the celebratory launch of the band’s 10th anniversary, but this circuit will be Those Darlins’ victory lap before dismantling one of the best bands to come out of Nashville, Tenn., in the last quarter century.